Invincible Pictures announces plans today to release an uncut version of the provocative movie A Serbian Film digitally on FlixFling and on limited edition DVD. This marks the film’s first official uncut release in North America.
A Serbian Film, which has faced scrutiny and criticism worldwide, was released by Invincible in theaters, digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray last year. All previously released versions by Invincible have been cut due to legal challenges surrounding the film.
The most serious of which were charges brought against Angel Sala, Director of Spain’s Sitges Film Festival. Sala was charged with exhibition of child pornography after a screening of A Serbian Film during the 2010 festival. All charges against Sala were dropped in February.
Previous to these allegations, Invincible had planned to release the film uncut, but decided to instead release a cut version until an outcome in this case had been determined.
“Of course we would have preferred an uncut release last year,” says Invincible Pictures’ CEO Tom Ashley. “Unfortunately, the charges brought against Mr. Sala were something we had to seriously factor into that release. Now that those charges have been dropped, we can bring A Serbian Film to its fans as its director had intended.”
The uncut version of A Serbian Film will be available for purchase on FlixFling starting May 1st. The limited edition DVD will be released May 22nd and will be available for pre-order at the Invincible Pictures website. READ MORE
Like it or hate it, Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film is just a movie. It’s not real, just like the murder in Cannibal Holocaust. Still, weak-minded individuals will always waste negative energy fighting things they personally don’t approve of, which is why Sitges festival director Angel Sala was charged with “exhibition of child pornography” last March.
Late last night the festival sent out a notice announcing that Sala was exonerated of all ridiculous charges:
“The direction team of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia would like to express its satisfaction for the dismissal of the case against Festival Director Angel Sala, for screening ‘A Serbian Film’ in 2010′s edition.
We would like to thank all the signs of support from every corner of the world during the past few months, and in particular the trust shown by the public institutions involved in the Festival (the Government of Catalonia, Sitges Town Hall, Spain’s Ministry of Culture), as well as all Festival Foundation board members, sponsors, and collaborators that make the festival possible. We would also like to extend this gratitude to our lawyers and the legal assistance team in charge of the case.
The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia takes on the events that have taken place with a positive spirit. Due to this entire situation and its outcome, its direction team is committed to continuing the debate that has emerged around the limits of film and freedom of expression in a responsible manner. We understand that this issue has been an experience that will allow us to produce the next editions of the Festival in an even more successful way.”
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Now on DVD and Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment is Srdjan Spasojevic’s highly controversial A Serbian Film, which stars Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic and Jelena Gavrilovic. There are no extra features.
Speaking of highly controversial. Bloody Disgusting has lanced an exclusive clip that is just a taste as to why people are turning their back on this film. I’d like to reiterate that A Serbian Film is just a movie and isn’t trying to tell viewers to beat up women. Controversial or not, this isn’t real life. So without further adieu we present this VERY, VERY, VERY NOT WORK SAFE clip entitled “drugged” that leads up to a brutal sequence you’ll only find on the DVD/Blu-ray.
“Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife and son in tumultuous Serbia. A sudden call from his former colleague will change everything. A leading role in a new production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. The director and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into, and save his family’s life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything.” READ MORE
Srdjan Spasojevic’s debut feature, A Serbian Film, has been called many things since its 2010 SXSW premiere. Disgusting. Vile. Reprehensible. Gross. Boundary Pushing. Art. Exploitation. But the most persistent adjective used to describe the commentary on government resentment and the rough life of an entire culture – though, it can be argued that it’s not really about ANYTHING – is polarizing; polarizing in the way – as a friend put it – a passersby might gawk at a crime scene or car crash, but polarizing nonetheless. Regardless of your distaste or appreciation of it, it’s almost impossible to look away from A Serbian Film; it’s pure, angry, brute power condensed into imagery that’s haunting, to put it mildly. READ MORE
MVD Entertainment has officially announced DVD ($19.95) and Blu-ray ($19.95) releases of A Serbian Film, which stars Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic and Jelena Gavrilovic. Each will be available to own October 25th. No word on any extra material.
“Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife and son in tumultuous Serbia. A sudden call from his former colleague will change everything. A leading role in a new production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. The director and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into, and save his family’s life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything.”
Srdjan Spasojevic’s highly controversial A Serbian Film has officially been announced for unrated DVD/Blu-ray on October 25 in a limited edition package. A full press release and specs are forthcoming, but take a sneak peak below.
“Milosh, a retired porn star, now leads a normal family life with his beautiful wife Maria and six year-old son Petar, in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Laylah will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Laylah introduces Milosh to Vukmir – mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure. A leading role in Vukmir’s new production will provide financial support to Milosh and his family for the rest of their lives. Milosh is hesitant at first because the contract insists that he know nothing about the script before they shoot. But finally, he agrees. From then on, Milosh is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer, ”the director” of his destiny – Vukmir, relentless in his attempt to make an ultimate artistic porn film. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into and save his family life, Milosh will have to sacrifice everything – his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life.”
The release comes from Invincible Pictures.
Invincible Pictures announced today the theatrical release date for notorious thriller A Serbian Film. On Friday, May 13, an edited version of A Serbian Film − a film that genre vets have repeatedly encouraged audiences NOT to watch − will be released to select theaters throughout North America. An unrated version of the film will be released exclusively on FlixFling.com the same day.
“This is a excellent opportunity for FlixFling to offer something totally exclusive to our growing community,” said Tom Ashley, CEO. “It was always our intention to release this film uncut, but given the recent charges against Sitges Film Festival director Angel Sala, we have decided to release an edited version of the film. We believe this film deserves to be seen as the filmmakers originally intended and hope to be able to release ‘A Serbian Film’ uncut in the future.”
Touted as the most controversial film of all time, called “relentlessly horrifying” by one reviewer, A Serbian Film probes the life of Milos, a retired adult film star. Milos is lured out of retirement by a deep-pocketed director seeking to make the ultimate in art-house XXX film. What follows is the most depraved cinematic storytelling of a moral and political allegory ever seen. Consider yourself warned.
For more information visit the newly launched official website.
While the UK has already released a censored version of the film, and the U.S. plans for an unrated and uncut release (via Invincible), Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film (review) has become the face of controversy in Spain.
According to Spanish Website El Pais, Sitges festival director Angel Sala has been formally charged with the exhibition of “child pornography” in connection with the October 2010 screening of the film in Spain.
As translated: “The prosecution accuses the Board of a crime of child pornography display to allow the screening of the film, in which there are two images that allegedly transgress the law: the violation of a newborn baby and a sex with a child of five.
“The prosecution believes that Hall was able to commit a crime under article 189.7 of the Penal Code, punishable by three months to one year imprisonment or a fine on anyone who ‘produces, sells, distributes, exhibited to or facilitate by any means pornographic material which not having been used directly minors or incompetent, his voice is used or modified or altered image,’ ” the site adds. You can click here to read the article in its entirety.
As we reported here, the UK versions of Srdjan Spasojevic’s controversial A Serbian Film (review) will be neutered upon release. The Guardian is reporting that it’ll be the “most censored film in 16 years.” A Serbian Film, a violent thriller set in the world of pornography has become the most cut film in 16 years, says the British Board of Film Classification. Four minutes and 11 seconds were edited out before the board felt able to grant it an 18 certificate, a record exceeded by the Indian film Nammavar in 1994. A board spokeswoman said: “A number of cuts were required to remove elements of sexual violence that tend to eroticize or endorse sexual violence.” The producers argued that the hardcore content was intented as an allegory of “our molestation by the Serbian government“. You can watch the UK trailer inside. It will open at UK cinemas on 10th December 2010, with a January 3 Blu-ray/DVD date also locked in.
Revolver Entertainment is the first with the gusto and balls (or maybe not as I was just informed that ALL of their cuts are neutered) to release Srdjan Spasojevic’s controversial A Serbian Film (review) as they’ll be bringing the shocker to UK cinemas on December 10, with a January 3 Blu-ray/DVD date also locked in. If you haven’t been keeping tabs, the official UK trailer posted inside can fill you in — and don’t forget, some things you witness can never be unseen. Are you one of the desensitized horror fans desperately looking for shocking? Look no further.
Bloody Disgusting learned thatInvincible Pictures is taking a huge chance on A Serbian Film and giving the controversial film a theatrical release in the States this coming February. The plan is to cut it down for an R-rated release (probably removing the 3 controversial scenes) with the uncut version being shown in limited theaters. They also have an exclusive deal with Showtime to show the R-rated cut. The On Demand and video release will be uncut. In the film, facing financial difficulties, a retired porn star is lured back for one final film by a wealthy, eccentric producer. This experience, however, will be vastly more taxing than his previous shoots.